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The 10 things business people secretly like to do when they’re staying away

Business trips used to mean soulless bedrooms, overpriced room service and a lobby bar full of lone corporate overnighters. But savvy business travellers are starting to turn their back on the standard double and hotel loyalty card in an effort to make staying away with work an adventure rather than a chore.

Here are 10 things that the latest breed of business traveller likes to do when they’re working away:

  1. Meet the locals: Today’s business travellers know there’s life beyond the four walls of their hotel room and they’re eager to discover it. They want to stay somewhere right in the heart of the hustle and bustle rather than in a high-rise four star on an industrial estate on the outskirts of town. Our staff are regularly asked to share their insider tips on eating, drinking and shopping so our guests can head to the kinds of places that only a local would know.
  2. Eat Indie: It’s easy to opt for a chain restaurant when you’re staying away. You know just what you’re getting and nobody’s going to notice you sitting quietly in a corner on your own. It’s a safe bet but it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. The advantage of staying right in town is that you can try something new, soak up the atmosphere and support an independent business whilst experiencing some of the best local cuisine.
  3. Entertain the boss: When you’re at home you probably wouldn’t think twice about inviting the boss or some colleagues round for dinner. People are starting to realise that they don’t need to go out to a restaurant to network just because they’re staying away. At The Lawrance our kitchens are so well equipped that your culinary skills need know no bounds. Equally, all our venues are close to local delis and food stores where you can pick up some fabulous ingredients.
  4. Enjoy some culture: Business travellers don’t necessarily want to spend their evenings sitting on their bed with their laptop. After a long day of travelling or a heavy session of meetings the idea of heading out to catch a film at the local cinema or checking out the last minute tickets offerings at the theatre can be far more appealing. Harrogate now has a couple of cinemas to choose from since the opening of Everyman in 2016 as well as the theatre and Royal Hall. In York the City Screen picture house on Coney Street is a real find for film lovers. With regular events at the Theatre Royal, Grand Opera House and Barbican, there’s plenty to drag adventurous business visitors away from their room.
  5. Get outdoors: Life doesn’t have to stop when you’re staying away with work. If you love your morning run there’s no reason not to stick to your usual routine. In Harrogate you can start your day with a jog across the Stray or through the Pinewoods and Valley Gardens. In York head to Rowntree Park or take in the air as you chase the path along the River Ouse.
  6. Home comforts: Smart business travellers want to stay somewhere that has more than free wifi to remind them of home. A proper kitchen, comfy chairs for relaxing at the end of a long day and a dedicated workspace to catch up on emails will do nicely. Apartments at The Lawrance have all those little home comforts with the added luxuries you’d expect to find in a five star hotel.
  7. Bring their nearest and dearest: Staying away from home doesn’t have to mean staying away from the family. More and more business travellers are taking advantage of the opportunity to give their partner and even their kids a change of scene. So whilst they’re attending meetings, conferences and events the rest of the family is exploring the local sights. Read our blog on planning the ultimate family break in Yorkshire for ideas to keep everyone busy – and if you can time your business trip towards the end of the week, why not extend your stay and spend the weekend here too?
  8. Local knowledge: Whatever the reason for your trip, the first thing you want to know is where to go for a good meal, a relaxing drink or a few groceries. By choosing a central apartment you’ll usually be close to a good selection of convenience stores, foodie shops, bars and restaurants. A quick browse online will bring up some of the best rated spots but reviews don’t always tell the whole story. The best way to find out where to go is to ask a local. We’ve already mentioned that our staff are regularly asked for recommendations but they will also shop ahead for you if you’re looking for something specific and want it ready and waiting for your arrival.
  9. Pyjama nights: All this talk of gallivanting around the town is well and good but what if you’d prefer to chill out and put your feet up with a good book, in front of the TV or listening to your favourite music? The big advantage of self-catering compared to hotel living is that you can mooch around in your pyjamas just as you would at home. Open a bottle of wine, fix yourself some food and enjoy home cooking from the comfort of the sofa without having to get crumbs in the bed.
  10. Morning stroll: Early risers will love the freedom that serviced apartments offer. After late night conference and networking events there’s nothing better than having the flexibility to get up when you want and stroll around town in search of a good cup of coffee and some brunch. York guests at The Lawrance have our very own Café 74 on site, a popular place with guests and locals alike.

The Lawrance operates centrally located luxury apart-hotels in York and Harrogate with knowledgeable staff who can recommend the best places to eat, shop and visit. To find out more about our studio, two and three-bedroomed apartments call 01423 503226 (Harrogate) or 01904 239988 (York).

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